Trump acknowledges security concerns over Iraq visit

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Trump spoke to about 100 primarily special forces personnel and separately with military leaders before leaving three hours later. Trump did not meet Iraq's current leader, Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi: Iraqi lawmakers said that there was a disagreement over whether to meet at the air base, as the American side wished.

Sanders emphasised that President Trump and the prime minister had a good call and that Trump invited the prime minister to visit the White House and the prime minister accepted.

The president was seen shaking hands with camouflage-clad personnel, signing autographs and posing for photos at the base. Again, it was his first visit as commander in chief, though he had also visited Iraq in July 2008 as a USA senator while campaigning for president.

US President Donald Trump speaks at a hanger rally at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, on December 26, 2018.

Troops are not supposed to be involved in political activities because the military is not a political force, CNN reports.

US troops are stationed in Iraq as part of the coalition against the Islamic State group. "The U.S. occupation of Iraq is over", Sabah al Saadi, the leader of the Islah parliamentary bloc, said in a statement. They don't pay for it, and they're going to have to. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World. "Frankly, it's ridiculous", he added.

Qais Khazali, the head of the Iran-backed Asaib Ahl al-Haq militia that fought key battles against Isis in north Iraq, promised on Twitter that parliament would vote to expel USA forces from Iraq, or the militia and others would force them out by "other means". "You did it by revealing their identities and locations on social media", wrote one user. "You've had enough time", he said he told the top brass.

Al-Shimiri said Trump's visit "violated several diplomatic norms".

The two major blocs in the Iraqi parliament both condemned the visit, likening it to a violation of Iraqi sovereignty.

Donald Trump visits US troops in Iraq for first trip to a conflict zone

"It's not fair when the burden is all on us, the United States", he said, as he defended his decision to withdraw troops from Syria and let regional countries, Turkey in particular, to complete the work of finishing the remnants of the ISIS terror group and Saudi Arabia to invest in development of the war-ravaged country.

President Bush and al-Maliki held regular conversations about the progress of the surge that increased US troop strength in Iraq, effectively driving a wedge between Al Qaida and Sunni tribes.

The Iraqi response, he said, "would be the parliament´s decision to remove your military forces" unilaterally.

Last week, Trump announced that these soldiers would be coming home as the Islamic State was now defeated.

"We're no longer the suckers, folks", Mr Trump told American servicemen and women at a base in western Iraq.

Though Isis has lost a significant amount of territory in Iraq and Syria, it is still seen as a threat.

Addressing troops from inside a hangar at the al-Assad air base, where a contingent of British forces are also located, he said: "There will be a strong, deliberate, and orderly withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria".

Soon, the very same Malcolm Nance who complained about Trump supposedly doxxing the SEALs in Iraq now demanded a House investigation into the troops in Germany.

"They said again, recently, can we have more time?"

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